We are book lovers, movie junkies and baseball fanatics. We are also recovering journalists.
How we got here will take longer to explain. Our lives as newspaper journalists ended upon the publication of the final Rocky Mountain News on February 27, 2009. In the weeks and months that followed, we embarked, slowly but surely, on new careers. America's Fish is the culmination of a journey during which we built a new resumé and work product using many of the same skills we used as journalists and new ones we have acquired in advocacy and business communications, web design, marketing and public relations, as well as in starting — and occasionally faltering — new businesses. We know what it takes to start from scratch with nothing more than an idea and how to communicate that idea so that it can grow. We, Steve and Alexandra Foster, are the principals, but we also have a number of collaborators in the field, particularly Casey Nikoloric, founder of the TEN|10 Group, with whom we have a long-standing and fruitful relationship.
Steve has spent most of his adult life on the sports desk of major metro newspapers like the Rocky Mountain News and the Chicago Sun-Times, helping direct the coverage of three Super Bowls, a Stanley Cup, dozens of playoffs games in four sports and untold high school games in between. A former editor, designer, reporter and producer, he was assistant sports editor for interactive in his final newspaper role at the Rocky. Following the closure of the newspaper, he helped launch two online news ventures before moving into freelance work and eventually forming America's Fish, LLC. Steve has a degree in English from the University of South Dakota and was an award-winning news designer before moving into online production and development. Perhaps the most difficult thing to give up in his journalism career was his Baseball Writers' Association of America card—another eight years and he would have been able to vote for the Hall of Fame.
Alexandra Obregon Foster
Alex never figured out what she wanted to be when she grew up, but a love for words landed her in journalism. For her first job, she wrote stories about students and faculty at Davidson College. The most intense and fun experience of her life—working at The Daily Tar Heel—prepared her for spells at the Palm Beach Post and Rocky Mountain News. In 2005, she accepted her dream job as a metro copy editor at the Chicago Tribune and went on her first date with her future husband the same week. She returned to the Rocky in 2008 and made a "good catch" on her final shift as an editor. Shortly after the Rocky closed, she joined the press team for U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, leaving after three years to help launch America's Fish. She is Colombian-American and fluent in Spanish. She has a bachelor's degree in English from Davidson College and a master's degree in journalism and mass communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Read about her favorite things, including her daughter and Carolina basketball, at WordsSearched.com.